The condition and age of the siding on your house might not always be something that is on your mind. I suppose that’s the point of good siding; you should be able to have the siding installed and then forget about it and let it do its job. But there should be a few things that you check on every few years to make sure that everything is still intact. Here are a few signs that will tell you right away that your siding is too old and ready to be replaced.
- Too much maintenance. If you find that you are keeping up with chipping and paint color on your siding every year or two then it might be time to check on some replacements. Siding is meant to keep its color for as long as its integrity remains. In other words, there are certain elements of the siding that last for a while and then fade, such as the insulating abilities. But you can’t see that particular part degrade over time, so the manufacturer made it so that the color naturally fades around the same time that the other elements do so that you can see it. Otherwise, siding naturally holds its natural color or the color that was painted on it for a very long time. But if you are repainting or touching it up every few years, that is too frequent.
- Bubbles, Cracks, or Chips. These are clear and obvious signs that there is a problem under the surface with your siding and it should be replaced or at least checked out by a professional. These problems arise from a few different reasons, but all of them are bad news. One of the most common perpetrators is water, which siding is designed to keep out at all costs. But the elements can find ways in over time, and if you have a spot where water was able to seep in and pool, a bubble will have formed and likely some mold as well under the surface. Cracks or other breaks are a possible sign of insect infestation or also water. Siding should not crack under heat alone.
- High heating and cooling costs. Siding is just one culprit of many when it comes to your home losing its hot or cold air, but it is a good one to check on first. As mentioned, siding is designed for functions like keeping out moisture and insects and maintaining the temperature that you want your home to be. If you notice that your furnace or air conditioner is constantly running then you may have an air escape problem. But also check windows and doors for drafts to see if sealant or plastic can help. If you rule all others out and are still losing heat, then it is fair to assume your siding needs replaced.
- Moisture or mold inside. This is an obvious clue that water is getting into places that it should not and it causing damage. Any mold inside or outside the home is a problem, but inside near the walls tells you that water is getting in and the siding is not standing up as it should.